Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Dr. Randall J. Webb, President
Northwestern State University
The 1998-99 academic year at Northwestern has come to a
close and it has been a successful one for your alma
mater I'd like to take a few minutes to review some of our
Most importantly, more than 1,100 students have joined the ranks of North-
western alumni. After earning their degrees, these men and women will begin
careers in a variety of fields or return to school for additional study.
We have taken steps to further strengthen our academic programs by seeking
national accreditation for all eligible programs. This year, Northwestern was ac-
credited for theatre by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. We are in
the process of seeking accreditation for four additional programs to meet our goal
of having all programs accredited by 2001.
This year. Northwestern established a Department of Social Work within the Col-
lege of Liberal Arts which will allow our program in social work to continue to grow.
Northwestern has been able to bring in additional private money to provide more
educational opportunities for students. NSU has received two of the largest gifts in
its history from the estate of Mrs. Alice E. Dear and the estate of alumnus Marion
Loftin. Natchitoches businessman Ben Johnson has also agreed to donate money to
his foundation to provide scholarships for non-traditional students. The generosity
of these individuals will touch Northwestern and its students for years to come.
In athletics, we also had a wonderful year. The NSU football team won the
Southland Football League and advanced to the Division I-AA semifinals. Their
successful season brought a great deal of positive statewide and national atten-
tion to the university. Our softball team made its nighttime debut at its newly
lighted field and also successfully defended its conference title.
There have been so many outstanding stories and events that have taken place
this year. I wish I could relate more of them to you. It has been my pleasure to see
many of you at various events and activities around the state. Your support of
Northwestern is vital to our continued success. I am appreciative of all you do to
help your alma mater remain a special place.
Dr. Steve Horton, Director
Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends:
It's amazing how quiet the campus gets following the ending of a semester. And
the spring semester was a hectic one at that, both for students and alumni.
I extend my thanks to all of those alumni who opened their homes throughout
Louisiana to our fall 1999 freshman class as part of our student-alumni recruiting
program. Overall we visited with nearly 500 freshmen who anxiously await their
descent on Northwestern. I was pleased to see that so many of these were chil-
dren or grandchildren of Northwestern graduates.
The class of 1949 again made its mark on the campus when they spent the week-
end with the spring 1999 commencement class. We hosted 52 of the nearly 250
graduates of 1949. They toured, visited, laughed and cried. ..and made a recommit-
ment to the university as part of their commencement reunion. I thank all of those
who made the trip home and also for those spouses and fi-iends who took the time to
be with them.
Once again you will be receiving information on our Annual Fund Drive. You
will remember that the Drive has two phases, one being the mailout program,
which begins in late July; and the phonathon, which begins after Homecoming.
Alumni relations at Northwestern is at a record high, and this is possible because
of your continued dedication to the Fund Drive. I thank you in advance.
You continue to make the university proud.
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Volume XI Number 2 Summer 1999
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NSU ALUMNI OFFICERS
President Tommy Chester
Vice President Ginger Wiggins
Secretary-Treasurer. Steve Horton
Executive Director. Steve Horton
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tommy Chester. Arcadia, 1969
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Carroll Long Tyler, TX 1970
Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972
David Morgan Austin, TX 1973
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Adrian Howard Arlington, TX 1989
Leah Sherman Dallas, 1986
John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986
Joe Cunningham, Jr. ..Natchitoches, 1984
Jimmy Williams Baton Rouge, 1993
Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974,1975
Raymond Arthur Natchitoches, 1964
Ginger Wiggins Jackson, MS, 1986
Shawn Hornsby Pineville, LA
The Alumni Columns is published in
spring, summer, fall and winter.
Dr. Steve Horton
I NSU I
Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097:
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac-
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees.
It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi-
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion,
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro-
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Dis-
crimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay
Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Ex-
ecutive Order 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam
Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
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Honoring an alumnus who became one of the most suc-
cessful and revered coaches in Northwestern history,
while benefitting future NSU student-athletes, is the
dual purpose of the Jack Clayton Plaza project.
During Homecoming in 1996, the University honored the un-
defeated 1966 Demon football team. Out of this reunion of former
team members, a commitment was made to honor Clayton, the
team's coach, for his career achievements and impact at NSU.
Since then, the movement has broadened to include all of those
who played for Cla3don from 1957-66 in football, and his former
Demon baseball players in 1967-68. The group has adopted a
"Reinvest in NSU" theme.
The goal is the enhancement of the Jack Clayton Memorial
Scholarship Fund and the completion of the Jack Clayton Plaza
located at the north entrance to the Athletic Fieldhouse. The
Plaza will honor Coach Clayton's memory and his commitment
to excellence during his coaching career During his 11 years at
NSU, he compiled four Gulf States Conference titles and one
National Championship in football, and one Gulf States Confer-
ence championship in baseball. The Jack Clayton Scholarship
Fund will be used to defray educational expenses for worthy stu-
"Each of us realizes what a defining factor attending NSU
has been in our lives. We now hope that our team's commitment
to 'Reinvest in NSU' will carry over to all former athletes and
all of our Alumni," said Shelley Dickie, one of the 1966 Demons
involved in the project.
Initial contributions have been made by the 1966 team along
with participation from the University. All NSU alumni, espe-
cially former athletes, are encouraged to donate to this project.
The funds generated will finish the Plaza and the continuing
contributions will enhance the Jack Clayton Memorial Scholar-
The Plaza will be built this summer with dedication ceremo-
nies during the 1999 football season. Ill
Editors note: The architectural rendering of the Jack Clayton Plaza on the
cover of this magazine is by James R. Hearron, Designer.
The Plaza will bring distinction to a
previously undeveloped grassy
area between the north entrance
to the Athletic Fieldhouse and the football
field. It also provides an opportunity for all
alumni and friends of Northwestern to
leave a permanent display of their commit-
ment to the University, with the purchase
of an engraved brick in the walkway to the
Jack Clayton Plaza. Contributors of $100
or more will be entitled to place their name
on a brick in the walkway. Bricks will be
laid in groups segmented according to the
following donation levels:
$5000 and above - Titanium
$2500 - Platinum
$1000 - Gold
$500 - Silver
$100 - Bronze
Smaller donations are also appreciated
For a better look at the plans for the
Greg Burke, Athletic Director
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Reginal Folklorist program
will serve northwest and
north central Louisiana
The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern
has been selected to be part of the Louisiana
Regional Folklife Program.
The program was developed by the
Louisiana Division of the Arts to pro-
vide in-depth documentation of the
state's folk traditions and facilitate its
appropriate use by the public. Through
grants to three state universities, with
funding for two additional regions
planned in the future, the Division of
the Arts will provide funds for a folk-
lorist in each section of the state to iden-
tify and document folk cultural tradi-
tions and artists, work with community groups to present
their folk traditions to the public and to provide infor-
mation about folklife through media coverage, univer-
sity lectures and public presentations. Dr. Dayna Bowker
Lee will be the regional folklorist for the Red River Val-
ley and the Neutral Strip which includes northwest and
north central Louisiana
"The Regional Folklife Program should be of benefit
to local communities in northwest and north central
Louisiana," said Lee. "Community members and local
organizations will be able to get assistance from the pro-
gram to help them identify, document, and present tra-
dition-bearers from local occupational, ethnic, family,
regional, and religious traditions."
Lee said the program can help communities develop
and enhance projects involving cultural tourism, help
them identify traditionalists who can be presented to the
public and in educational programs, as well as develop
efforts to improve cultural conservation which does not
adversely impact the traditional communities. Products
of documentation by the program, such as photographs,
audiotapes and videotapes, will be archived at NSU as a
permanent record of the region's ciiltiu-al heritage.
Lee earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a mas-
ter of arts in history at Northwestern. She received a doc-
torate in anthropology fi-om the University of Oklahoma.
The Red River Valley cuts across the state from
Shreveport to the Mississippi River including Shreve-
port, Natchitoches and Alexandria. The Neutral Strip
is largely undocumented and includes remnants of early
Texas near Zwolle. Other cultural groups include those
who grew out of the French influence in Natchitoches,
Spanish cultures near Robeline and Zwolle, Cane River
Creole, Native Americans, Italians and Czechs.
For more information contact Lee at (318) 357-4328
NAST accredits NSL
Northwestern has been accredited for a theatre
program by the National Association of Schools
of Theatre. The accreditation lasts until 2004.
NSU has had a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre since 1997.
Northwestern is one of only 116 colleges and universi-
ties in the United States accredited for theatre.
"To gain national recognition through NAST accredi-
tation of Northwestern provides further evidence of the
overall quality of the academic programs at the univer-
sity," said Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
"People familiar with our theatre program are well aware
that the program and its faculty are first-rate. It is all
the more gratifying when other respected professionals
arrive at similar findings."
As part of the process, the theatre program under-
went a rigorous 18-month self-study which examined
facilities, available technology, faculty, curriculum and
"The self-study was the most valuable part of the pro-
cess," said Coordinator of Theatre Dr. Jack Wann. "We
had to look at what we were doing as objectively as pos-
In February, a peer review team visited the North-
western campus. The team evaluated the points ad-
dressed in the self-study as well as the university library,
administrative support , published material, admissions
and student retention. As part of the visit, the team also
held extensive interviews with faculty, staff, students
and members of the administration.
The team submitted a report to the National Associa-
tion, which was evaluated by a committee which ap-
proved Northwestern's full accreditation.
"The evaluators said they had never seen a level of
administrative support for the program like existed
here," said Wann. "This happened because of the sup-
port of Dr. Randy Webb, Dr. Tom Burns, Dr. Don Hatley,
Bill Brent and the theatre faculty and students. It was
an ensemble effort."
Wann said the accreditation process strengthened the
theatre program by identifying areas that could be im-
proved and allocating resources to accomplish the objec-
tive. NAST is based in Reston, Va. The organization has
been designated as the official accrediting agency for
theatre by the U.S. Department of Education. Ill
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Professor of Business Dr. Subhash Durlabhji has
been named as the recipient of 1999 Mildred Hart
Bailey Research Award at Northwestern.
Durlabhji, who specializes in man-
=71 agement, was honored for his research
• in the areas of the Internet, cross-cul-
tural research and Total Quality Man-
agement and higher education. He pre-
viously won the Bailey Award in 1992.
Durlabhji is the first person to be a two-
jmw> ■ time recipient.
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^^ ally to a Northwestern faculty mem-
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=±l distinguished artistic performance or
creative work substantially completed
during the past three years. Criteria for the award in-
clude: scholarly or creative significance; national, regional
or local impact; originality and ingenuity of project de-
sign and critical recognition by experts in the field.
Durlabhji earned his doctorate at Michigan State
University. He received a bachelor's degree and master's
in business administration at Cornell University.
Durlabhji has been a member of NSU's faculty since
1987, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in
basic statistics, principles of management, strategy and
policy, business ethics, management of change, human
resources management, international business, organi-
zation behavior and Japanese management.
Durlabhji's research on the Internet has garnered a
great deal of attention from colleagues. It also has opened
up new areas for him to examine and has changed how
Durlabhji presents material to his students.
"The Internet changes everything," said Durlabhji.
"I've been sajdng this for the past three years and get-
ting strange looks from people, but events are beginning
to demonstrate that I may be right. I got interested in
exploring the Internet's potential for business or e-com-
merce because I'm in business and our students need to
be able to exploit it for both research and e-commerce.
Durlabhji has been requiring students in his international
business course to do research exclusively on the Internet.
This year, Durlabhji is teaching a course he developed,
Webonomics 1.0, which examines some of the emerging
principles of e-commerce.
"Universities like Carnegie Mellon and MIT are al-
ready offering Master's degree programs in e-commerce
and I am convinced our students will demand such
courses," said Durlabhji. "The Internet has changed the
rules of the game in almost all industries, even if the
business does not have a e-commerce presence. And of
course, now all faculty will need to gear up to utilize the
Internet in their teaching — or else." Ill
Dr. Gregory P. Granger has been named as the
first Clyde M. Bostick Professor of Social Sci-
ences at NSU Granger will hold the professor-
ship during the 1999-2000 academic year. Granger plans
to use the professorship to reorient the international stud-
ies section of NSU's political science program. Since the
breakup of the Soviet Union, the emphasis of interna-
tional studies has shifted.
"It is vital that a political science
program of international studies-re-
lated courses be designed and executed
in such a manner so as to give the stu-
dent every opportunity to remain
abreast of the analytical challenges
emerging as the new millennium ap-
proaches," said Granger. "Students
should be offered the opportunity to un-
derstand how the complexities facing
the peoples of the world can be ad-
dressed through systematic analyses
generated fi"om a variety of international studies courses."
In reorienting the courses. Granger plans to focus inter-
national studies coiirses on the concept of security, relating
primarily to but not limited to U.S. security. The concept of
security would not be limited to military relations. Issues
including the environment, ethnic warfare, refiigee move-
ments, the rise of transnational criminal organizations and
economic disruptions would also be covered.
Granger has been a member of Northwestern's fac-
ulty since 1995. He earned bachelor's and master's de-
grees at Northeast Louisiana University and a doctor-
ate at the University of New Orleans.
Granger has presented research at several regional
and national conferences on international relations.
Granger co-authored, with Dr. Robert S. Jordan of the
University of New Orleans and Dr. Clive Archer from
Manchester University in the United Kingdom, the re-
vised fourth edition of the text, "International Organi-
zations: An Institutional Approach to Governance in a
Global Society," forthcoming from Greenwood Press.
Bostick was a decorated veteran of World War II who
suffered wounds just before the Battle of the Bulge. He
earned a bachelor's and master's degree at Northwest-
em and did additional graduate work at UCLA and Loui-
siana State University.
After working as a teacher and counselor, Bostick went
to work at NSU's Watson Library where he worked for
10 years until he retired in 1981. Bostick died in 1994.
The professorship was established with a donation of
$60,000 from the Bostick estate and was matched with
$40,000 in funding from the state of Louisiana. Ill
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
recolonizes on NSU campus
The newest fraternity at Northwestern is one that
should feel at home. After an absence of more
than 15 years, a colony of Pi Kappa Phi Frater-
nity has been formed.
The colony is recruiting members and hopes to apply
for a national charter by the end of the fall semester.
The formation of the colony began in January when a
group of friends decided to create a new fraternity at
"We were sitting around talking and decided to go for
it," said Wesley Breeden, a business major from Pride,
who is president of the colony. "We wanted to find out if
it was possible to form a fraternity. We found out it would
not be easy, but it could be done."
Breeden said NSU has a strong Greek system with
several good fraternities, but none of the existing orga-
nizations were exactly what he and his friends were look-
ing for. Breeden sent letters of inquiry to 32 national
fraternities. After receiving information, the interest
group narrowed its choices to four, then chose to affili-
ate with Pi Kappa Phi.
After choosing to join Pi Kappa Phi, leadership con-
sultant Larry Keller visited NSU to help the chapter
"We're here to facilitate the whole process of organiz-
ing and act as a liaison between national and the local
chapter," said Keller, who is based in Charlotte, N.C.
"Being part of a national organization makes more re-
sources available to the chapter. We offer a lot of courses
on leadership development and I believe that appealed
to the group here."
"We have received a great deal of help from our alumni
and the national," said Breeden. "We started with 15
members and are up to 27. Next fall, we plan to be very
active and look forward to a number of events including
"I'm excited and glad they will be back on campus,"
said alumnus George Etheredge Jr. "The philosophy of
the fraternity system has changed. It is more commu-
nity oriented now. They have gotten other groups such
as athletes involved. It's a good group of guys with a lot
of ambition. They will be the fraternity others will be
trying to stay with."
Etheredge, a Natchitoches insurance agent, plans to
assist the colony as an alumni adviser and help with
"A lot of alumni are excited and want to be involved,"
he said. "Having a chapter will be good for Northwest-
ern because it will bring back alumni for other events."
The first chapter of Pi Kappa Phi formed at North-
western in 1956 when a local fraternity sought national
"We had a good group at the time, but knew we could
do more with a national affiliation," said Jack McCain
Jr. of Natchitoches, a local businessman and member of
the Natchitoches City Council, who was the chapter's
first president. "I'm delighted to see them back at North-
western. I am impressed with the young men. I know
being part of a fraternity was a nice extra for me."
Pi Kappa Phi is a national fraternity which has initi-
ated more than 77,000 men since its founding in 1904.
The fraternity is a leader in educational programming
through its award-winning Journey Project. Pi Kappa
Phi also sponsors local, area and national events each
year, teaching the fundamentals of leadership and chap-
Fraternity alumni include former Los Angeles Dodg-
ers manager Tommy Lasorda, Howard Baker, Jr., chief
of staff to President Reagan and Randy Owen, lead singer
for the group "Alabama."
Pi Kappa Phi alumnus David Morgan said his experi-
ence in a fraternity has helped him forge a successful
"I learned communication skills and how to get along
with others," said Morgan, a Northwestern graduate and
president of United Teacher Associates Insurance Com-
pany in Austin, Texas. "A fraternity functions like a busi-
ness. Revenue comes in from dues and you have to de-
cide how to spend it. It was valuable experience that
prepared me for real world situations. I feel a fraternity
can help prepare students for a career in business. There
are so many alumni that want to get involved and help
this group succeed."
NSU has five other fraternities under the Interfra-
ternity Council, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu,
Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi. Fourteen other Greek
organizations are chartered at Northwestern. Pi Kappa
Phi would be the third organization to receive a charter
in the past two years. Alpha Omicron Pi and Sigma Nu
created chapters in 1997. Ill
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Northwestern's offices of Alumni Affairs and Admissions
and Recruiting were hosted by alumns Dan ('57) and Lilly
Chase in their Baton Rouge home as part of the university's
student recruiting receptions held throughout the state.
Over 600 high school seniors who will be entering
Northwestern this fall visited with university faculty, staff,
students and alumni as part of the receptions this spring.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Alumni Chapter hosted a crawfish boil on May 6
for nearly 75 Northwestern graduates and friends. Those attending
included Polly Orcutt, Jana Lucky, Lauren Landry ('98), A. J. Kennedy
('98), Tony and Mona Bombassi ('90), David Wright ('80), Terry Guin
('78), Walter Heatherwick, and Richard Karamatic ('76).
Members of the Class of 1 949 relived their Northwestern years on May 7 as part of the university's Golden Jubilee celebration held
as part of the spring commencement exercises. They were the honored guests of several events, and made another walk across
the stage to receive their diploma. Members of the class attending included:
Margaret Whiteside Ackel, Margaret Ackel Adkins, Jacob Anderson, Fred Hall Bandy, Leon Basco, Bill Brister, Marvin Carter
John W. Davis, Sid A. Dean, Ernestine Speights Dees, Thomas H. Deloach, William J. Derrick, Philip J. deTournillion, Janie Palmer
Dobbins, Melvin Doggett, James Malcolm Durham, Millie Jo Pulley Edwards, Ralph B. Edwards, Lois Elaine Gregory, Therrell E.
Hassell, Willett C. Hornsby, Jr., Marguerite White Hudson, Jettie Johnson James, Chester Luther Johnson, Juanita Cordozier
Kilpatrick, Paul N. LeBleu, Trent O. Melder, Milton W. McLanahan, Chester W. O'Quin Jr., Mary Jo Gauthreaux O'Quin, Annie
Eznack Reed, Roy Remont, Margie Moore Rike, Frances Elouise Sanders, Benjamin LaDelle Sandifer, Wallace Leon Sandifer,
Geraldine Johnson Shaw, Meade P. Shaw, William E. Timon Jr., Margie Knight Tipton, William Marsh Torbitt, Peggy Jean Casemore
Wilhelm, M. Marie Durr Williams, Jerry Edmond Wise, and Harrison Young, Jr.
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Wednesday, October 27
NSU Retirees Reception
2 - 4 p.m. — Alumni Center
Reception for all Northwestern retirees. ..by invitation only
Thursday, October 28
Steen and Stames Gathering
6 p.m. — Shriner's Club, N-Club members only
Friday, October 29
Homecoming Golf Tourney /Lunch
11 a.m. — Recreation Complex. Come participate in the annual golf
scramble for $35 per player (includes lunch by Coach Gene Knecht).
Reservations can be made at the Recreation Complex or by calling
357-3208. Or, if you prefer to just have lunch, you can join the
golfers for $7! (be sure to make your reservation).
NSU Foundation Board Meeting
12:30 p.m. Cane River Room, Student Union. Open to the public.
Alumni Association Board Meeting
2 p.m. — Cane River Room, Student Union
Annual board of directors meeting open to the public.
5 p.m. (approx.) — Campus/Town Annual Homecoming Parade for
both the Northwestern and Natchitoches communities featuring
50-plus floats. Begins at Prather Coliseum and ends at the
Downtown Riverbank. Pep rally on Riverbank will follow parade.
Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, Distinguished
Faculty Recipients, and Long Purple Line recipients, both
current and past.
5:45 p.m.- 7 p.m. — Alumni Center — By invitation only
7:30 p.m. — Student Union Ballroom
Armual banquet honoring Long Purple Line recipients, the
President's Distinguished Service Award recipient. Distinguished
Faculty Award recipients, N-Club inductees, and the Class of 1949.
Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Alumni
Center or by calling 357-4414 or 888-799-6486. Social hour prior
to the banquet will be held from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the
Student Union. Vic the Demon may be there!
Saturday, October 30
5K "Run for Richard"
8:30 a.m. — Begins at Ledet Track Complex
Cost is $15 per person, which includes t-shirt, game ticket,
and barbeque dinner. Advanced reservations required. Call
357-5251" for details. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Ware
College of Business Alumni Breakfast
8 a.m. — Vic's, Student Union
All graduates of the College of Business are invited to attend a
breakfast that will honor inductees of the College's Hall of
Fame. For more information, call (318) 357-5161.
Ladies Bingo Brunch
9:30 a.m.— NSU Recreation Complex
This hit event returns! Enjoy a New Orleans Style brunch while
playing several games of Bingo! Prizes awarded! Cost is $15 per
person, and advanced reservations are required. Call 357-4414
or 888-799-6486 for details. Reservations should be made "o
later than Friday, October 29.
Blue Key 40th Anniversary Homecoming
Reception 10 a.m. — Alumni Center
Join alumni members of Blue Key's National Honor Fraternity
in celebrating its 40th anniversary on the Northwestern campus.
Members will pay tribute to their university founder. Dean Leonard
Nichols, who is also one of the University's Long Purple Line
recipients. Call (318) 357-5286 to let them know you're coming.
N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
10 a.m. — Purple & White Room, Athletic Fieldhouse
Lady Demon Basketball practice
morning — Prather Coliseum
Demon Basketball practice
morning — Prather Coliseum (under the direction of new head
coach Mike McConathy)
University Bookstore Open
10 a.m. -1 p.m. — Student Union
Class, Group Reunions (including Class of 1949)
11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field
11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.— Tailgating Field
1 p.m. — Turpin Stadium
Homecoming Game vs. Southwest Texas
2 p.m. — Turpin Stadium
3:30 p.m. (approx) — Turpin Stadium
Band Alumni Party (members only)
5 p.m. (approx)— Alumni Center
Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court
and members of the Alumni Homecoming
Courts (by invitation)
5 p.m. (approx) — Purple & White Room, Athletic Field House
N-Club Activities (members only)
5 p.m. (approx) — Shriners Club
"Boogie on the Bricks"
5 p.m. (approx) — Front Street
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for music, food and drink
as Natchitoches puts on its best for the Demons!
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For NSU alumnus Dr. F. Gary Cunningham,
the quahty education he received from his
professors at the Northwestern was a career-
Cunningham, who graduated from Northwestern
with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1964, believes
his professors more than prepared him for his own
career as a professor in the Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology at the University of Southwestern
Medical School in Dallas.
He is also the chairman of the Holder, Beatrice and
Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and
During his time at Northwestern, Cunningham
said he received the same quality education as those
students who attended larger institutions, if not
"To me, NSU was the right place," he said. "North-
western does deserve the credit. The pre-medical
training was as good as it gets anywhere else."
Cunningham has been the chief of obstetrics and
gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas
since 1982, the largest ob-gyn residency and obstetri-
cal service in the United States. In fact, 13,750 babies
were delivered there last year
Cunningham has earned a long list of accomplish-
ments, including having 88 scientific abstracts
presented at national meetings.
He is the author or editor of six books including
"Williams Obstetrics," which has been in continuous
publication since its first edition in 1903.
Cunningham was the senior author of the 18th, 19th
and 20th editions. He has written 76 chapters in
various books and has had 140 peer-reviewed publica-
tions in medical journals. Cunningham has also
served as a consultant to the surgeon general of the
Army and the Air Force.
Cunningham belongs to several medical societies
including the American Gynecological and Obstetrical
Society, the Society for Gynecologic Investigation and
the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the three most
prestigious academic societies in obstetrics and g3me-
Despite his many successes, Cunningham insists
his real joy comes from teaching. In fact, when people
ask what he does for a living, his immediate response
is, "I'm a teacher."
Cunningham said he always knew he wanted to be
a teacher. Some of his earliest memories are of his
grandfather Francis Fournet, who was chairman of
the Department of Chemistry and Physics at North-
western and also Cunningham's namesake. Fournet
Hall was named in honor of his grandfather.
He hopes to use the teaching skills he learned from
his grandfather and his own professors at NSU to
make a difference in students' lives.
"There's no doubt I'm a better teacher because of
those teachers at Northwestern," he said.
Cunningham is steadfast in his belief that the
professors he encountered at Northwestern were
simply amazing due, in part, to their great intelli-
gence and enthusiasm.
"They were an extremely dedicated, hardworking
faculty," he said. "They were excellent role models and
a great inspiration."
Despite teaching students who have earned
bachelor's degrees from much larger schools,
Cunningham believes Northwestern students are
receiving the same value of education. Part of his
belief stems from the time and effort teachers are
willing to give their students, just as his own teachers
did when he was an undergraduate.
"I'm proud to be from Northwestern," he said. "I
hope I'm half as good as they were." Ill
Old NSU friends retire from
Texas Tech University
Two Northwestern alumni, Dr. Joe Cornett and
Dr. Joe Green, have recently completed
distinguished careers in higher education at
Texas Tech University. Cornett, a native of Waterproof,
and Green, who is from Bernice, met in 1954 at
Professor Cornett had a thirty-year career at Texas
Tech where he served as Chair of the College of
Education's Division of Educational Psychology and
Leadership. Prior to that, he taught three years at
Southeastern Louisiana University and served as a
mathematics teacher at Rusheon Junior High in
Cornett was joined at Texas Tech in 1996 by Green, a
Professor Emeritus of Louisiana State University in
Shreveport, where he had served for sixteen years, nine
as chairman of the Department of Education. Green
had previously taught at Murray State (Kentucky)
University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana,
and the University of South Florida. Prior to his
university positions, Green taught English at Houma
Central Junior High School in Terrebonne Parish and
served nine years as basketball coach and teacher at
Harrisonburg High School in Catahoula Parish.
The two Northwestern graduates have enjoyed
markedly parallel careers. Both earned doctorates from
the University of Arkansas: Cornett in 1966; Green in
1969. Each served as graduate assistant to one of that
university's most distinguished professors, Rudyard
Kipling Bent. Professor Bent directed both of their
doctoral dissertations. (Green later would write a
biography of Professor Bent in 1992.)
Cornett's academic interests led him to specialize in
the areas of Curriculum, Quantitative Research Design
and Analysis, and Statistics. He is author or co-author
of eight books and more than fifty journal articles,
monographs, and technical reports.
Green's academic specialization was Curriculum
Theory and Educational Foundations, primarily
philosophy and history of education. He has produced
some 169' scholarly works, including three books and
Two Northwestern alumni who recently retired from Texas
Tech University are pictured together, (L-R) Joe L. Green
and Joe Cornett.
numerous chapters and articles in professional
journals, encyclopedia, and scholarly proceedings.
Three of his journal articles have been recognized with
Though their research and scholarly work in
education, both Cornett and Green have gained national
and international reputations in their respective fields.
Each has received special recognition by their
universities and by scholarly groups for their sustained
records of published research over the past three
Cornett is married to the former Elayne Sutherlin of
Haughton. They have two children and two
grandchildren. Green is married to the former Emmilee
Johnson of Harrisonburg. They have two children and
The Cornetts now reside in Rogers, Arkansas. The
Greens live in Harrisonburg, Louisiana. The two
couples remain close friends and stay in regular contact
through e-mail and occasional visits. Both Cornett and
Green express pride and appreciation in the
foundational experiences they gained at Northwestern
in the 1950s. HI
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Anew line of pottery dedicated
to Northwestern State Univer-
sity is quickly growing in popular-
ity among alumni and supporters of
The hand-made and hand-
painted pottery, which bears the
NSU name in purple and orange and
includes the three columns, is now
available at Kaffie-Frederick in
Since its debut approximately two
months ago, the pottery has sold at
an unbelievable rate, said Luke
Frederick, owner of Kaffie-
"We can't keep up," Frederick said
of requests for the pottery. "The com-
munity has really embraced it."
Frederick said the first round of
Northwestern pottery he received
includes a low pasta bowl, popcorn
bowl, chip and dip set, trivet, sand-
wich tray, coffee mugs and a Christ-
mas ornament. Prices range any-
where from $21.50 to $74.50. And a
portion of the proceeds goes to the
Alumni Association and NSU Foun-
The Northwestern pottery was
created by a pottery company in
South Carolina and can only be
found at Kaffie-Frederick.
The next shipment of pottery will
include a 10-inch square plate,
square platter, round platter, spoon
rest, pitcher and cookie jar.
The Northwestern pottery can be
purchased at Kaffie-Frederick lo-
cated at 758 Front St. in
Natchitoches. Those who live out of
state may place an order using a
credit card by calling the store at
Frederick said they ship UPS ev-
ery day. He is also in the process of
creating a list page with sketches of
the pottery, which can be faxed to
potential buyers. Frederick reminds
customers there may be a waiting
period on their order depending on
the availability of the pottery.
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